It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week!

By Trevor Turner, Volunteer Coordinator, Milford Branch

Most know April as the beginning of spring, but here at the Food Bank of Delaware, it marks the month that has one week specifically dedicated to volunteer appreciation! Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our organization as they help ensure that we work to fulfill our mission, and they are vital assets in our on-going efforts to alleviate hunger in the state of Delaware.

Year to date, our Milford Branch has had the pleasure of hosting 6,364 volunteers, who have donated 23,430 hours of their time to our numerous hunger-relief programs.  Between the Milford and Newark branches, volunteers packed 425,649 meals for children through the Summer Nutrition Program in 2010, prepared and packed 320,470 meals statewide for the After-School Nutrition Program, and even provided assistance by preparing and distributing 9,297 emergency meal boxes for Mobile Pantries throughout the state. 

Volunteers have also helped with a plethora of other tasks including sorting fresh produce, stocking shelves, providing administrative assistance and much more!   The hours of service donated by these volunteers saves the Food Bank thousands of dollars in annual labor costs and allows us to use these funds to assist more Delawareans in need.

The Milford Branch would like to thank the following groups for providing on-going volunteer commitments;  KSI, Sister-N-Motion Social Club, Abraxus, Bank of America, ING Direct, M&T Bank, CitiFinancial, Easter Seals, United States Air Force, Army National Guard, Clear Channel Radio, Girl Scouts of the USA, Lake Forest School District, Capitol School District, Milford School District, Greenwood Mennonite School, DCUSA, Delaware Tech and Wesley College.

If you work at an organization that depends on the generosity of volunteers, please take the time during this week of appreciation to stop and genuinely thank them for their support and services.   And if you’re interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities here at the Food Bank of Delaware, please visit www.fbd.volunteerhub.com.

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